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About admin

I am a writer. And a musician/songwriter. And a husband/father. I love good beer, the outdoors, the embrace of family, the company of true friends, the telling of a good story and the inner peace derived from quiet reflection in solitude. Recently I have specialized in beer writing. In October 2014, "Richmond Beer: A History of Brewing in the River City" was published by History Press. "Charlottesville Beer: Brewing in Jefferson's Shadow," followed in January 2017. A third book, this one a statewide Virginia beer book combining history and profiles of current craft breweries, is with University of Virginia Press and slated for publication in 2018. Send me an email at rvabeerguy@gmail.com. As you can see from this site, however, my interests are broader than beer. Spend time, leave a comment or just enjoy. Lee

Tasting Denver–a tale of three breweries

As a member of the credentialed media at the 2016 Great American Beer Festival, it is my privilege and duty to report on the proceedings here no matter how fuzzy my brain is from disrupted sleep patterns, road warrior weariness, … Continue reading

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UK beers rock, but IPAs from the USA punch my ticket

I’m feeling guilty. But not too guilty. Les Strachan, AKA Beer Buddy, and I have been in Scotland four days. We’ve been conscientious about trying local beers—or at least ales brewed in the home country. We started with Skye Red … Continue reading

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Governor hops on beer collaboration train

You’d have to use all your fingers and toes, teeth and nose—and maybe even your ears—to count all the collaborations among Virginia’s craft breweries. None that I know of, however, has included the state’s governor. On Tuesday, Gov. Terry McAuliffe … Continue reading

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Top craft beer award has special meaning for James River

Redemption comes in many forms. For Blake Sherman and others at James River Brewery, it came Tuesday in the form of perhaps the world’s ugliest trophy. But trophies are symbols of achievement, and for the Scottsville gang, the Best of … Continue reading

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Family support adds to Steam Bell’s appeal

Visiting with Brad Cooper and his family at Steam Bell Beer Works reminds me of an episode in my youth. Two of my brothers and I were in a rock band while I was a student at William and Mary … Continue reading

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Collaborations the key at new Three Notch’d site

Roads are built to connect. The main highway from Richmond to points west, including Charlottesville, was originally called Three Notched Road because of the three slashes on the trees meant to mark the route. Now signs read Three Chopt Road. … Continue reading

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Growth of craft beer toasted in Philadelphia

The City of Brotherly Love served as the gathering ground for some 13,000 brewers and beer industry folks who spent several days in May toasting growth, tasting beers, attending seminars and, in a sense, circling their wagons. The record attendance … Continue reading

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New Smithsonian program to document modern beer history

American craft brewers have made history through their creativity, cultural impact and sheer numbers. Now a program is under way to document that history and connect it to the country’s culture at large. The Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History … Continue reading

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Adventures and misadventures with beer and food

You don’t mind if I ramble, do you? It’s been kind of a rambling week. Plus, my brain wants to go outside and play—it’s a crystalline day of robin’s-egg skies and golden sunshine. Now that I think about it, the … Continue reading

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The Veil raising the beer bar; Legend waving its flag

I’ve been away for a while, but now I’m back. It’s not that I haven’t been busy (don’t you love double negatives?). And it’s not that there haven’t been exciting things going on (a double double!!). This coming weekend, for … Continue reading

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